HALF DAY For Students (All students are dismissed at 12:15.)
Wednesday 10 January
Proclamation Day Holiday- No School
Thursday 11 January
NO UNIFORM DAY (Fundraising for Student Council events)
Friday January 19th
BAKE SALE (Fundraising for Student Council events)
Friday January 26th
Talent Show auditions (Students can audition in groups or individually)
Wednesday January 17
Talent Show (Celebrating student talent!)
Friday February 9th
Welcome back and happy New Year! This has been a short but productive week.
The students have been busy inquiring into the nature of materials and exploring their different properties. Just before the holiday they designed, built and tested waterproof structures. Yesterday we explored the question “Does it float?” and the students were surprised to find out that some of our predictions were incorrect!
In Math we have been focusing on place value by building and comparing numbers. We will also be working on doubling and halving numbers and using place value to solve problems.
Our field trip today was a fantastic opportunity for the students to see some beautiful Moroccan artifacts and artwork as well as some other interesting items from around the world. We observed and discussed how the museum displays these items to appeal to people and the students will be putting this information to use as they prepare for their own museum at the en of the month! Please ask your child to tell you about their favorite part of the trip!
As part of our project we will need lots of magazines that we can cut pictures from- if you have any old magazines that we could cut up for a materials collage then please send them in!
Please enjoy a few photos of your learners hard at work!
Thanks and have a great weekend:)
Thank you so much to all of you for coming to our fabulous Winter Show on Thursday! I know you were all as proud of the students as I was for their hard work and their beautiful performances!
I wanted to take a moment to welcome our new student Eric into our class! Eric joined us just before the conferences last week, and as you could all see from his excellent performance during the winter Show, he has blended perfectly into our class!
Last week we did manage to find time for our new unit, How The World Works, and the students began inquiring into the uses and properties of everyday materials. This week we will be conducting some STEM projects and experiments to design and test different materials.
In Maths we are continuing our study of measurement – focusing on seasons and the calendar this week.
In Language and literacy the students continue to build their phonemic awareness skills and reading fluency with word building activities and reading during Daily 5. We are also learning about writing friendly letters and will have some authentic practice by writing some special greetings to bring home.
Important Dates to remember:
Wednesday is the last day of school before our vacation and we will have a visit from Santa Claus at the end of the day.
The After School Activities Sign Up Form was sent home last week and is due back by Wednesday, 20 December. Remember all activities are first come, first served so sign-up ASAP as places are limited!
I will take this opportunity to wish you all a very restful vacation, Merry Christmas to all who celebrate and a Happy New Year!!
This will be a busy week as we prepare for our upcoming 3-way conferences and the winter show!
If you have not already signed up for a conference please follow the link to do so ASAP. If you are unable to make it to the conference on Wednesday then please let me know and I will schedule a better time for you.
Don't forget to schedule a time with the Language teachers and specialists as well. Report cards will be handed out or sent as a PDF on Wednesday.
This conference is a time for students, parents and teachers to come together to share and discuss. The conference will ideally be primarily led by the student- who will be asked to reflect on his or her progress so far this year and try to set some goals for the remainder of the school year.
I look forward to seeing all of you this Wednesday!
Thank you to all of the parents who made it to the delicious Thanksgiving luncheon last week. The kids had a great time making their little turkeys for the table and it was very special for them to share the day with their families. Also thank you to those who came to our assembly on Friday. And another big thank you for helping your learners with their poems! I have to admit that I was a bit nervous about having the performance the day after a holiday but the kids did such an amazing job reciting their poems with confidence! I am very proud of all of them!
Our clothing drive is still ongoing! Please remember to send in any gently used clothes or blankets that you can donate for those in need!
Please remember that this is a short week with No School on Thursday and Friday for the Eid Al Mawlid holiday.
Next Wednesday is conference day- more info will follow about this soon!
It is hard to believe that the first term of this year is nearly finished!! This week is the last week of term and it is Thanksgiving which is a perfect end to our unit of inquiry into who we are and how our families help shape us. This week we have brainstormed what it means to be thankful and what we are thankful for. The students have written acrostic poems which they will be presenting during the assembly on Friday! Since thursday is a holiday I am asking for the kids to take these poems home with them and practice reading them (or following the picture clues) aloud. Please help them with this if you have a chance!
This is also the ideal time to explain to our young learners how important it is to be thankful for the privileges we are all lucky enough to have here at ISM and it is with this in mind that we are collecting winter clothes and warm blankets for people who are not as fortunate. Your kids have embraced this challenge and are enjoying watching the boxes fill up - keep those donations coming! :)
I hope to see all of you for our Thanksgiving Lunch tomorrow, 22 November at 12:15 and then again on Friday, November 24 at 8:30 for our Monthly Assembly.
We have had another wonderful week of learning and inquiring at ISM! Thank you so much for sending in the family interviews and photos. Your children have ben very busy this week putting together timelines of their own lives and creating gorgeous family trees with the photos.
In Maths we have been exploring 2-Dimensional and 3-Dimensional shapes. Ask your children to show you an example of some of the shapes that they can find at home- they manage to find them everywhere!
In Literacy we are using the program Making Words as part of our Daily 5 to reinforce and expand phonics skills. The students are continuing to study our heart words (thanks for supporting this at home as well)! We have also been focusing on recognizing literary elements (characters, setting and plot) and using this knowledge to build comprehension.
Next week will be full of fun and festivities again as we will be celebrating the American holiday of Thanksgiving on Wednesday, 22 November with a Thanksgiving Feast- I hope to see all of you there! Then Thursday is a school holiday and next Friday, 24 Novemeber we have our Monthly Morning Assembly!
Thank you for all of your continued support:)
Thank you so much to all who were able to join us for the Moroccan Family Luncheon on Friday! The kids had a blast playing and eating delicious couscous in the traditional tent and dancing to the live music! Here are a few photos of the festivities...
I have sent home a hard copy of the interview questions that the students came up with. Please help your child at home to ask some of these questions to either a parent or a grandparent. You can record the responses however you would like- either on the paper I sent home or your child can illustrate or record as much as possible or you can make a video or audio recording of the interview and send it to me. Whichever is easier for you!
Also please send in small photos of your family that we can use for a family tree these should just be photocopied so that they can be cut out and pasted onto a tree at school. If you cannot print them out then just email them to me. We would like to have 1 photo of each person in the family tree: your child, siblings, parents and all grandparents. Please include the first names as well and make sure your child knows which grandparent goes with which parent! 😊
Please send the interviews and photos back to school by Tuesday, 14 November.
Thank you so much!!!
I hope you all had a lovely fall break! This week we will be continuing our Unit of Inquiry- Who We Are. Students have made small family trees in class and will be bringing home some questions for you to answer this weekend!
In Maths we are using non-standard units of measurement to measure and compare length and height. The students have really enjoyed measuring themselves, each other and everything in our classroom.
In Literacy we continue to use the Daily 5 framework and will be focusing on fluency and phonics skills. A big part of fluent reading is being able to recognize sight words- or "heart words" as we call them in class because you need to learn them by heart. Look for these to come home in folders this week as well so that your child can practice them at home- this should be a non-stressful activity and take no more than 3 minutes a day!
Please join us for a special Moroccan lunch this Friday, 10 November to celebrate Moroccan heritage Month!
Thank you for your continued support and as always please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.